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Nissan’s Whitfield elected Naamsa president

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th March 2016 Nissan South Africa MD Mike Whitfield has been elected president of the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) for 2016. Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s Jeff Nemeth would support Whitfield as VP, as would Kia Motors South Africa’s Ray Levin – who... 

Women’s boardroom presence ‘painfully slow’ to take off – EY report

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th March 2016 Women remained on the sidelines of boardrooms in power and utilities companies worldwide, with new research indicating that, at the current pace of development, it will take 72 years for women to obtain a 40% representation on boards within the sector. Assurance, tax, transaction and advisory... 

Women’s boardroom presence ‘painfully slow’ to take off – EY report

Call for basic financial education at schools

By: Schalk Burger     4th March 2016 Financial Planning Institute (FPI) chairperson Sankie Morata and Financial Services Board consumer education head Lyndwill Clarke called for basic financial education and orientation at schools at the FPI Global Consumer Survey launch last month. The financial literacy – the level of awareness... 

Waste separation at source key to improved recovery and landfill diversion

By: Schalk Burger     4th March 2016 The greatest value is derived from recycling materials that are well sorted and uncontaminated. This requires that as much waste as possible, and as efficiently as possible, is separated early in the recycling process chain. Abstracting the highest value of recyclables before they get further... 

Waste separation at source key to improved recovery and landfill diversion

It's not up to government to create jobs – Zuma  

By: News24Wire      3rd March 2016 It is not government's responsibility to create jobs, but it should create an environment conducive for business to grow, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday. "It is not the business of government per se to create jobs," he told guests at the opening of the National House of Traditional Leaders. 

It's not up to government to create jobs – Zuma

Schneider Electric broadens education programme to include more institutions 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd March 2016 Energy management specialist Schneider Electric South Africa on Thursday boosted its partnership with the French Ministry of Education to promote access to education and training through the country’s technical colleges. In 2012, the parties teamed up to launch the French–South African Schneider... 

Schneider Electric broadens education programme to include more institutions

Political uncertainty, conflict key inhibitor to FDI inflow

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd March 2016 Armed conflict, political uncertainty and security threats were the largest deterrents to foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows in Africa, regardless of the quality of a country’s geological base, new analysis by advisory firm KPMG has shown. In the five-year period to 2014, total FDI inflows... 

Political uncertainty, conflict key inhibitor to FDI inflow

Zuma motion of no confidence about jobless South Africans – Maimane

By: News24Wire      1st March 2016 The motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma is about jobless South Africans, Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane said on Tuesday. Parliament is set to debate the motion for the second time in less than a year on Tuesday afternoon. 

Zuma motion of no confidence about jobless South Africans – Maimane
Photo by Jurgen Marx
Mmusi Maimane

Sacci weighs in on student uprisings

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th February 2016  The increasingly violent student uprisings seen spreading across the country’s universities in recent weeks are “placing doubt” in the minds of potential investors in the country, South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) president Vusi Khumalo told Engineering News Online on... 

Sacci weighs in on student uprisings

Zuma wants Gordhan to cooperate with Hawks – report

By: News24Wire      29th February 2016 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will not receive any help from President Jacob Zuma relating to the so-called rogue unit at South African Revenue Service (Sars) at the time he was commissioner, according to City Press. This despite the Presidency rejecting claims of a conspiracy against Gordhan... 

Zuma wants Gordhan to cooperate with Hawks – report
Photo by Duane Daws
Jacob Zuma and Pravin Gordhan

GDE and ITA launch R7-billion Schools of Specialisation programme

By: Schalk Burger     26th February 2016 The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) and the Information Technology Association of South Africa (ITA) on Friday announced that they would roll out a R7-billion Schools of Specialisation programme over the next four years. The programme would receive R5-billion in funding from the Gauteng... 

GDE and ITA launch R7-billion Schools of Specialisation programme
Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi

Call for entries for Steel Awards 2016

     26th February 2016 Steel construction industry representative organisation the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) is calling for entries for its Steel Awards 2016, which will take place simultaneously in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town on September 15.  

Call for entries for Steel Awards 2016
2015 WINNER The Overall Winner at Steel Awards 2015 was the MeerKAT project of the Square Kilometre Array Africa Radio Antenna Positioner

Rail maintenance designer preserves investment in SA

By: Bruce Montiea     26th February 2016 Despite challenges, such as uncertain future business prospects, in the South African rail industry, heavy on-track maintenance machinery designer and manufacturer Plasser South Africa maintains a constant investment programme. The programme includes maintaining a suitable number of heavy... 

Steel industry faces toughest year

By: Dylan Slater     26th February 2016 As local steel demand stagnates and exports decrease, various steel industry role-players and industry analysts have predicted this year will be the toughest one for local steel manufacturers, as companies have been forced to mothball or sell plants, cut jobs and even close operations.  

Steel industry faces toughest year
SURVIVAL The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction says the local steel construction industry will survive the current challenging environment owing to years of resilience

Steel major punts preferential pricing for scrap metal

By: Dylan Slater     26th February 2016 Steel manufacturing major Scaw Metals is supporting the proposed amendments to the price preference system (PPS) policy guidelines for local scrap metal.  

Steel major punts preferential pricing  for scrap metal
SUSTAINING PRODUCTION Scaw Metals plans to use the new price preference system for scrap metal to sustain jobs in the steel industry

Water efficiency programme in first stages of development

By: Nadine James     26th February 2016 Recognising the socioeconomic strain caused by the current drought and following the successful implementation of its Industry Energy Efficiency (IEE) project, the national resource efficiency programme National Cleaner Production Centre, South Africa (NCPC-SA) is developing an Industrial Water... 

Water efficiency programme in first stages of development
KEVIN CILLIERS The National Cleaner Production Centre regional manager says that ts new programme will help alleviate South Africa's water scarcity

Water restrictions remain a possibility

By: Nadine James     26th February 2016 Where dam levels have further declined, more stringent restrictions will be implemented to preserve water supply, says the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS). The DWS notes that the latest South African Weather Services forecasts have projected below-average rainfall for the remainder of... 

Water restrictions  remain a possibility
MINISTRY AT WORK The Minister of Water and Sanitation launched the 2015 Water Week at KwaDukuza in KwaZulu Natal on March 16

Zero university fee increase gets R5.7bn boost in 2016

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th February 2016 The South African government has set aside R16.3-billion to bridge the 2016 university fee increase freeze gap and clear students’ National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) debt accrued from 2013 to 2015. Tabling the 2016 Budget in Parliament on Wednesday, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said... 

Zero university fee increase gets R5.7bn boost in 2016

Zuma announces salary increases for public office bearers

By: News24Wire      24th February 2016 President Jacob Zuma has announced "below inflation" salary increases for all office bearers. The president announced the increases just a couple of hours before Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan tabled the budget in Parliament on Wednesday. 

Zuma announces salary increases for public office bearers
Jacob Zuma

Innovation Hub to expand next year

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd February 2016 With innovation, research and development critical to the promotion and development of “smart and green” industrialisation in South Africa’s most populous province, the Gauteng provincial government aims to expand the capacity of innovation hubs. Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Monday said the... 

Gauteng meets township spending target

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd February 2016 The Gauteng provincial government (GPG) has reached its 12% target for township-based procurement spend for the past financial year, with 1 805 township enterprises, up from 400, now benefiting from the Township Economy Revitalisation (TER) strategy. To date, 5 321 small, medium-sized and... 

Gauteng meets township spending target

Legislative certainty needed for S Africa to attract investment – Maimane

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th February 2016 Instability over the implementation of legislation is exacerbating uncertainty around policies – something South Africa can ill-afford as it tries to retain its attractiveness as an investment destination. There was an absolute need for predictability and stability around South Africa’s... 

Legislative certainty needed for S Africa to attract investment – Maimane
DA Leader Mmusi Maimane

Financial control system helps engineers determine viable fees structure

By: Schalk Burger     19th February 2016 The Fresh Projects financial control system will enable consulting engineering companies to price their services fairly and derive commensurate value for their services to ensure the sustainability of the industry and its level of skills, says engineering software development firm Fresh Projects... 

Financial control system helps engineers determine viable fees structure
PROJECT WORK Companies and engineers can use the tool to view and plan the time spent on projects

Local rifle manufacturing multibeneficial for economy 

By: Bruce Montiea     19th February 2016 Precision rifles designer and manufacturer Truvelo believes that manufacturing its rifles locally encourages foreign currency influx and alleviates unemployment. “We contribute to job creation and skills development by offering training to our staff and, as the majority of our products are... 

Local rifle manufacturing  multibeneficial for economy
PRECISION Truvelo’s rifles are lightweight, adjustable and accurate

Military training ground cleared for housing development 

     19th February 2016 Demining and clearance company Mechem, which is part of defence products and solutions company Denel, was called in to inspect vacant land next to Loftus Gardens in Pretoria that has been earmarked for a new housing development. Denel acting group CE Zwelakhe Ntshepe says the land was used as a... 

Military training  ground cleared for housing development
Photo by Bloomberg
AVAILABLE RESOURCE The young people will undergo continuing basic demining training and will be added to the pool of skilled South African deminers which Mechem can call on for future international clearance missions

Reality programme used for welding training at AIDC

By: Simon Sonnekus     19th February 2016 Students who want to work in the production sector of the automotive industry can submit their curriculum vitae to the Automotive Industry Development Centre’s (AIDC’s) Gauteng Automotive Learning Centre to participate in an augmented-reality welding programme. Eight Soldamatic welding simulators... 

Reality programme  used for welding  training at AIDC
Photo by Simon Sonnekus
SOLDAMATIC WELDING SIMULATOR Trainees will be able to practise more than 93 different welding lessons on the simulators

Report stresses primacy of people in ongoing tech evolution

By: Schalk Burger     19th February 2016 Global management consultancy Accenture’s ‘Tech Vision 2016’ report confirmed the primacy of people in the way technology is shaping business and societies, Accenture South Africa digital practice head Lee Naik said at the report launch last month. The proliferation of technology, and the... 

Simulator designer begins delivery of SA Army combat vehicles

     19th February 2016 Simulator-based training systems designer ThoroughTec Simulation has begun the delivery of its Tactical Crew Training Simulators from its Cyberwar range, for the South African Army’s Badger Infantry Combat Vehicles. ThoroughTec Simulation military business manager David Cooke says the army will... 

Simulator designer  begins delivery of SA Army combat vehicles
COMBAT READY The South African Army will use ThoroughTec Simulation’s Tactical Crew Training Simulators to maintain its conventional, mechanised warfare skills

2015 intern programme benefited Denel Dynamics and its interns

By: Keith Campbell     18th February 2016 South African missile, unmanned air vehicle and space company Denel Dynamics held its annual intern project presentation at its main facility in Centurion, south of Pretoria, on Thursday. For some years now the company has designated young, newly recruited, engineers and technologists as interns... 

2015 intern programme benefited Denel Dynamics and its interns
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Denel Dynamics’ Umkhonto naval surface-to-air missile

Manufacturing survey points to 2016 job cuts, despite currency fillip

By: Terence Creamer     18th February 2016 Forty per cent of the 72 the respondents to the Manufacturing Circle’s latest survey indicate that they could cut jobs in the coming year, despite the recent fall in the value of rand, which could raise export competitiveness and bolster import substitution. Nascene Advisory economist Xhanti... 

Manufacturing survey points to 2016 job cuts, despite currency fillip
Photo by Duane Daws
Nascence Advisory and Research economist Xhanti Payi

Unions urge govt to prevent Highveld collapse 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th February 2016 Trade unions Solidarity and the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) have urged government to intervene in the collapse of Highveld Steel & Vanadium to prevent the loss of a strategic player and thousands of skilled jobs. The steel major on Tuesday issued notice to 1 800 of its staff members as... 

Unions urge govt to prevent Highveld collapse

Construction chemicals producer to open R&D centre in Jet Park

     12th February 2016 Construction chemicals producer The Chryso Group’s plans to use South Africa as the springboard for increased penetration into the African continent will be boosted by the establishment of a new research and development (R&D) facility at the Chryso Southern Africa head office in Jet Park, in the... 

Construction chemicals producer to open R&D centre in Jet Park
THIERRY BERNARD The CEO of Chryso group recently announced the opening of a new research and development centre in Jet Park

International civil engineering conference to be held in CT

By: Lynne Jackson     12th February 2016 Open-access journal publishing group of India OMICS will host the International Conference on Sustainable Civil Engineering in Cape Town from June 20 to 22. The conference will focus on applying a sustainability concept when designing a structure, and when constructing and maintaining civil... 

International civil engineering  conference to be held in CT
CIVIL ENGINEERING The International Conference on Sustainable Civil Engineering will be held in Cape Town in June

Knowledge of tribology key for lubricants industry

By: Simon Sonnekus     12th February 2016 The focus in the oils and lubricants industry is constantly being shifted to address regulations that arise, which, in turn, creates a need to establish a better understanding of tribology for the industry, says the South African Institute of Tribology (Sait). 

Knowledge of tribology  key for lubricants industry
THOMAS SURMON Sait is working with the Department of Science and Technology and the South African Bureau of Standards to make sure local lubricant standards match international standards

AIDC to use new augmented reality welding simulators 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th February 2016 Students who are looking to start careers in vehicle production at the Automotive Industry Development Centre’s Gauteng Automotive Learning Centre will be able to benefit from the centre’s new augmented-reality welding programme. 

AIDC to use new augmented reality welding simulators
AIDC to use new augmented reality welding simulators

Free Market Foundation challenges ‘failing’ labour law 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th February 2016 While international companies are keen to invest in South Africa, they are unable to meet the conditions of employment that have been extended to non-parties, forming part of a myriad of reasons why the the Free Market Foundation (FMF) is challenging the current “failing labour law”. The FMF was... 

Free Market Foundation challenges ‘failing’ labour law

Government, Cosatu will agree on differences – Ramaphosa

By: African News Agency      8th February 2016 Government is certain it will reach agreement with the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) on the minimum wage and other issues, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday. He was addressing hundreds of African National Congress supporters at the old Peter Mokaba stadium in... 

Government, Cosatu will agree on differences – Ramaphosa
Photo by Duane Daws
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

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